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Fishing without license brings string of trouble to Logan man

April 22nd, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

LOGAN – Juan Montano-Vargas, 27, of Logan appeared before Judge Clint Judkins Monday on charges of giving false personal information to a peace officer and fishing without a license.

An officer from the Division of Wildlife Resources arrested Montano April 10 at the Benson Marina west of Logan. Montano was booked into the Cache County Jail, where he is still in custody.

The prosecuting attorney for the state brought information to the court, demonstrating a multi-state criminal history for Montano with convictions and deportations. But when asked by Judkins, the prosecuting attorney could not attest that the record was for Montano.

Judkins said it would “greatly affect the outcome” of his decision on the case, adding that nine days would be sufficient if it were Montano’s first offence and that he would likely be deported anyway.

Judkins gave the attorney one week to be able to certify the record as Montano’s, or the case would be dismissed and Montano set free. Until that time, Montano will stay in the custody of Cache County.


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